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Career Fairs

Although attending a career fair sometimes may sound as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist, they can be extremely helpful in not only attaining a new job but also for developing new contacts and getting your resume out there.

One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make when attending a career fair is not doing enough background work. It pays to research which companies will be there and what jobs they will be hiring for. With this information, you can plan out how you are going to promote your skills and education to potential employers in regards to the jobs at hand.

In addition to finding out which jobs to prepare for, you can also take a look at who works there, and you never know, you may already have an old colleague in place and waiting to open the door for you. Overall, it’s simply a much better idea to walk into a career fair with plenty of ways to carry on a conversation and not just telling them that you want a job.

And as always, wear something nice! Business professional or even business casual attire is the way to go. First impressions cannot be undone.

Keeping all that in mind, check out the following National Career Fairs that will be held soon around the country in a city near you;

  • Atlanta Career Fair: Monday October 3, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference; 450 Capitol Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • New York Career Fair: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 11am to 3pm @ Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street; 440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Houston Career Fair: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza Houston – River Oaks – Near the Galleria; 2712 Southwest Freeway; Houston, TX 77098
  • Detroit Career Fair: Wednesday March 7, 2012 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Southgate (Detroit South); 17201 Northline Road, Southgate, MI 48195
  • Dallas Career Fair: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel & Suites – Dallas Love Field; 1241 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
  • Philadelphia Career Fair: Monday December 5, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza; 4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Charlotte Career Fair: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel; 2800 Coliseum Drive, Charlotte, BC 28217
  • Phoenix Career Fair: Monday, September 26, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Phoenix Airport Marriott; 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • Chicago Career Fair: Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ The Congress Plaza Hotel; 520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Los Angeles Career Fair: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Los Angeles – International Airport; 9901 West Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • San Diego Career Fair: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Boston Career Fair: Monday, October 17, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel Boston; 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
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Go Green or Go Home

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It’s nothing new that green is the way of the future. This is not something that just sounds like a good idea or some harebrained scheme by some tree-huggers that love the Earth. It’s something that we must do in order to preserve our world and reduce our nation’s dependence on oil.

With the cost of gas prices teetering around $4.00 a gallon around the country, we need to figure a healthy alternative. In addition to hurting our pockets, the fact that we use so much oil on a daily basis is greatly impacting the environment. Global warming is not just some theory from Al Gore. It is a harsh truth, and we need to do something about it.

People are catching on to this sentiment, and one of those people is pretty much the most important person in the US; President Obama. A recent article by USA Today reported that the Obama administration is buying up 116 electric cars, mostly Chevrolet Volts and also some Nissan Leafs.

This is the first step in a long term plan to have the government buy only fuel-efficient cars by the year 2015. It’s also aimed at inspiring consumers around the nation to do the same in hopes to have 1 million electric cars on the road by that year.

The facts are staggering. This small fleet of cars purchased by the US government is expected to benefit the nation in a number of ways. It will cut gas usage by 29,000 gallons a year and save taxpayers over $100,000 in fuel costs. As an organization that has over 650,000 vehicles in its repertoire, the US government can easily make a huge and beneficial impact by purchasing only fuel-efficient and electric cars. Think of what the benefits would be if all of those cars were electric.

In addition to this purchase, the Obama administration will install charging stations for electric cars in five different cities; Washington DC, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

So what does all this have to do with the job market? Well it basically just shows the shift in our economy to becoming a green nation. And this affects the workforce by providing plenty of new opportunities in that sector.

The possibilities for environmentally-friendly jobs are endless. To be considered green, a job really just has to benefit the environment in some way. Obviously, this can entail positions in the production of fuel-efficient vehicles, but also other jobs such as those in solar panel production and installation, at wind farms and really anything you can imagine that might have a positive effect on our Mother Earth.

So when you are out there looking for jobs, pay attention to the green ones. They will hold our world together for the future, they will be stable and they will be bountiful.

Green is indeed the way of the future. President Obama has got the right idea. Do you?

A New Breed of Lawyer

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We are finally starting to pull out of the recession, but we are not totally out just yet. The tough times have had lasting effects on the job market and on the general attitude of Americans as well. Some people have adapted to the tough times by switching careers, taking second jobs or even moving down the ladder in the workforce.

One sector of the workforce in which the effects of the recession have had some impact is the law business. The fact that clients are not spending nearly as much as they were ten years ago has prompted big law firms to spawn a new breed of lawyers to compensate. Known as career associates or permanent associates, these legal workers make almost half as much as legal associates.

Some see it as a sign of the times. There are lawyers out there who regret having to take a step back into one of these positions, but it’s not all bad. According to the a recent article from the New York Times, these career associates generally earn about $60,000 a year, but they do not have to put in the long and strenuous hours of legal associates.

Career associates typically perform a lot of the same tasks that legal associates do, including writing briefs, visiting clients and prepping witnesses before court hearings. So they are lawyers. They do a lot of the same work. But the good news is they don’t have to work as hard.

The career associate path is becoming a popular option for those that like to spend more time at home and do not desire to live at their job. This is definitely a more family-friendly position than that of a legal associate, enabling one to work from home and travel less.

Law firms have essentially operated on the same structure for the past fifty years or so. Clients pay big fees for legal services, and legal associates can earn up to $160,000 a year fresh out of law school. But the legal business has transformed to cope with the fact that people are spending a lot less in all aspects of the economy.

This also helps to keep jobs within the US. A lot of the legal work that career associates are doing can be out-sourced to workers in other countries, but this is not necessary. This job title also helps to bring this sort of legal work to cities that do not exist within the realm of massive law epicenters like New York or Los Angeles.

Since career associates make less, a lot of them live in towns with lower costs of living. There’s no reason to uproot the family and move to some big city with all the smog and traffic when you don’t have to.

The career associate offers a lot of the same services as legal associates, and they do get paid a whole lot less. But this is good for clients and for people that do not want to dedicate every second of their day to the legal practice.

So in terms of adapting to the circumstances of the economy and providing opportunities that did not exist before, the career associate is a beneficial addition to the world of law.